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[[Image:EpiscopalAssembly2010.jpg|right|thumb|400px|The Episcopal Assembly]]
The '''Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America''', founded in 2010, consists of all the active Orthodox [[bishop]]s of North and Central America, representing multiple [[jurisdiction]]s. It is the successor to [[SCOBA]] and has assumed responsibility for all SCOBA agencies and ministries. It is not, properly speaking, a [[synod]]. The Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America is one of several such bodies around the world which operate in the so-called "[[diaspora]]."
The primary purpose of the Assembly is to prepare the Orthodox of the region for an upcoming "Great and Holy Council" which will include all Orthodox bishops throughout the world (date to be announced). While participating in that council, the bishops of the Assembly will present their recommendations for the regularization of canonical order in their region. The secondary purpose of the Assembly is to provide a forum for the formation of a common pastoral vision in the region, examining various matters of common concern.
The Episcopal Assemblies derive their authority and basic rules of operation from the decisions of the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference held at the Orthodox Center of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] in Chambésy, Switzerland, from June 6-12, 2009.
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